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Hairy Eye

Your eyeball is certainly one place you don't want to grow hair. A young Iranian man knew that since birth, he had a benign tumor on his eye, just below his pupil. But by the time he was 19, the tumor had grown to about a quarter inch thick (0.64 centimeters), and started sprouting hair.

Contributed by Laura Diana Escamilla

Star in the eye

Sometimes, cartoons get it right. A punch to the head left one man in Austria with an actual star in his eye, according to a report published in April in the New England Journal of Medicine. A strong hit to the face from balls, punches or even airbags can send shockwaves through the eye strong enough to damage the lens and cause a cataract. Doctors say the cataract that appeared in the 55-year-old's eye was only strange because of the intricate star shape. "Nature has made a beautiful cataract," said Dr. Mark Fromer, an ophthalmologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. Usually, such cataracts appear as a white-yellow cloud, not a star. In these types of cases, cataract surgery can restore a person's vision.

Contributed by Laura Diana Escamilla

Double Vision

Pupula Duplex is a condition where a person will develop two irises, corneas, and retinas on the same eyeball of each eye, leading to the host of this genetic mutation having increased volume of visual information as well as improved focus.It may sound like mere science fiction, but even Ripley's "Believe It Or Not" even gives credence to the famous Chinese emeperor, Liu Ch'ung as having this unusual but harmless condition

Contributed by Laura Diana Escamilla

Photo-manipulation of an eye

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Contributed by Vanessa Lam

There's something so powerful about this quiet close-up on the blinking eye.

Contributed by Kathryn Vercillo

Now You See Me

The eye has several different glands including the Glands of Zeis, and the Glands of Moll. Occasionally a gland may get infected. When this happens it is called a "Hordeolum," also commonly known as a stye.:)

Contributed by Erica Bailey

Eye Drop


Contributed by Vanessa Lam

Magnified view of cataract in human eye. The white spot inside the black area is only the reflection of the light that was used.

Contributed by Carolin Cruz